Equine

A Natural Kind of Training

By Max Easey When we use pressure or discomfort to get what we want, then what’s in it for the horse to do things with us? Isn’t she just “behaving” because it is unpleasant for her if she does not? Isn’t it that she acts to avoid things becoming more unpleasant for her if she doesn’t do what we want? […]

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Social Relationships in the Domestic Horse

By Kathie Gregory Within the daily routine, there are opportunities for horses to meet each other and start the beginnings of social interaction, whether they are in hand, being ridden or in neighboring stalls. Giving the horses this vital interaction will result in them getting to know each other. The observant person will see who they move towards, and who […]

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An Alternative Perspective

By Sara Richter It is no surprise that horses perceive the world differently than humans do…Dr. Temple Grandin describes the vision of horses in her 1989 piece, Behavioral Principles of Livestock Handling: “The latest research on color vision in farm animals shows that they are dichromats with cones (color sensitive retina cells) most sensitive to yellowish-green (552-555 nm) and blue purple […]

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From the Horse’s Mouth

By Dr. Lisel O’Dwyer Since I began clicker training, I have observed horse owners have a few misconceptions about clicker training, such as: • Hand feeding is dangerous, making the horse mouthy Clicker training is the best way to deal with a mouthy horse because it clarifies the expectations the handler has for the horse’s taking food. • What happens […]

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A Two-Way Conversation

By Kathie Gregory What is often missing in the horse human relationship is “conversation.” In many instances, communication with a horse often involves telling him what to do. If he does not comply, he is told again, sometimes in a stronger manner, which may also include force or punishment. Unfortunately, taking the time to listen to what a horse is […]

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